Also this year the Lazio has proved to be one of the regions with the highest number of Blue Flag beaches.

Established by the FEE (European Foundation for Environmental Education) in 1987, the Blue Flag is a certification that is awarded each year in 73 European and non-European countries with the aim to certify the quality of the environment in coastal resorts, but also the safety and the quality of the services offered.

The Lazio, with 8 beaches (7 of which on the Pontine shoreline) has beaten Sicily and Calabria, with 6 and 5 Blue flag beaches each respectively.

Tor Caldara in Anzio, Latina, Sabaudia, San Felice al Circeo, Terracina, Gaeta, Sperlonga and Cala Neve on the island of Ventotene: these are the 8 Blue Flags of Lazio for 2016!

Tor Caldara Beach (Anzio)

The beach of Tor Caldara in Anzio, is opposite to the Nature Reserve of Tor Caldara, an unspoilt oasis featuring rich flora and fauna. Inside the park we find ruins of Roman buildings and a watchtower built in 1560 to defend the area from the incursions of Saracens.

The beach has soft golden sand, with dunes and sulphurous water, with underwater springs. The sea is crystal clear of a light blue colour, and the sandy sea bottom has fading shades and houses plenty of fish.

Tor Caldara Beach (Anzio) - Blue Flag 2016

Tor Caldara Beach (Anzio) - Blue Flag 2016

Latina

The coastline of Latina has also this year been awarded with the Blue Flag certification. From the promontory of Torre Asturia (Nettuno) to Sabaudia, the long coastline of the Lazio capital city combines the beauty of a limpid and crystalline sea with the rich offer of coastal resorts and restaurants along the sea.

Well connected to Rome by train, Latina is a great option if you wish to visit the wonders of Rome as well as enjoying some relaxing time by the sea. Also inland are many charming little old towns like Norma, Sermoneta and last but not least the Gardens of Ninfa.

Latina Beach - Bandiera Blu 2016

Latina Beach - Bandiera Blu 2016

Sabaudia

Further on along the Pontine coastline in the province of Latina is Sabaudia, a really appreciated town frequented by VIPs. Also this year it has obtained the Blue Flag certification. 

Its 15-kilometer beach is characterised by splendid Quaternary sand dunes and by Mediterranean vegetation.

The clean sea and the crisp, oxygenated air of the Circeo Forest, together with an usual life in peace have made Sabaudia a privileged destination for a holiday in pursuit of relaxation.

The access to the beach is made easy by boardwalks, placed along the whole coastline, allowing the dunes to remain untouched. In summer, some reserved areas are set up with several stands that offer various services to tourists.

A stretch of Sabaudia - Blue Flag 2016

A stretch of Sabaudia - Blue Flag 2016

San Felice al Circeo

Right after Sabaudia after the promontory, we find San Felice Circeo, one of the sea towns in the Pontine litoral, particularly appreciated by Romans for its clean water and golden sand. 

Steeped in Mediterranean scrub, with a beatiful promontory dominating it from above, this beach offers visitors really unique views. Actually, it is located within the Circeo National Park, one of Italy's oldest natural protected areas.

The area is also very windy, making it a paradise for surfers and windsurfers. Also people who love scuba diving will go wild thanks to the wonderful sea bottom, enriched by the presence of some sank statues, like the bronze statue of Christ of Circeo, placed under the sea in 1992, and the statue of the Face of Christ, by artist Ignazio Colagrossi.

San Felice al Circeo - Blue Flag 2016

San Felice al Circeo - Blue Flag 2016

Terracina

For the second consecutive year Terracina has been awarded the Blue Flag certification, appointing the Pontine province as a true attraction for beach tourists in the Lazio region.

With more than three kilometers of equipped beach and many nightspots, Terracina has become in the last years one of the destinations preferred by young people.

Located at the southern end of the Pontine Marshes, at the sheer cliffs of Ausoni Mountains, Terracina really has a lot to offer to tourists: From Monte S.Angelo with the remains of the Temple of Jupiter Anxur to the Cathedral of San Cesareo, from Via Appia with its neoclassical style to the new modern districts built along the coast, in addition to the crystal clear sea and a beach of golden sand.

Terracina - Blue Flag 2016

Terracina - Blue Flag 2016

Gaeta

With its 7 beaches, the coastline of Gaeta is beyond doubt one of the most beautiful beach resorts throughout Lazio and gets the Blue Flag certification.

10 kilometers of beaches only spaced out by small inlets and rocky peaks. From the slopes of the Split Mountain the coast arrives until the suggestive grottoes of Sperlonga.

The light and very fine sand, clear water and surrounded by thick Mediterranean vegetation are the ingredients that make these beaches unique.

To learn more about the so-called 7 beaches of Gaeta read our in-depth article.

A stretch of coastline in Gaeta - Blue Flag 2016

A stretch of coastline in Gaeta - Blue Flag 2016

Sperlonga

Sperlonga is a favourite tourist destination in the Pontine coastline. Its beautiful beaches have earned also in 2016 the Blue Flag certification.

Among the most famous beaches is for sure Canzatora, ideal for families with children, or Fontana, one of the most busy. It's also worth going to Salette, Bonifica, Angolo, Bazzano and Bambole.

Finally, we can't help but mentioning the well-known Cave of Tiberius, an evocative natural cave that was in the past part of the Villa of Emperor Tiberious and is today frequented by snorkelers. Not far from the remains of the villa is the National Archeological Museum of Sperlonga, where important sculpted groups from the cave are preserved.

Sperlonga - Blue Flag 2016

Sperlonga - Blue Flag 2016

Cala Neve on Ventotene Island

Last but not least is Cala Nave in the little island of Ventotene, which belongs to the Pontine islands of the Thyrrenean sea.

The beach is always packed, especially in the months of high season, and it has soft dark sand and transparent and very clean water. In addition, the views are emebllished by the presence in the horizon of the close Island of Santo Stefano.

A heavenly corner easily reachable on foot from the city center and well equipped with restaurants, bars and beach resorts.

Cala Nave in Ventotene - Blue Flag 2016

Cala Nave in Ventotene - Blue Flag 2016

But the satisfactions don't end here! In fact it is right to remember also the results of sampling carried out by ARPA Lazio, entity that every year monitors the environmental quality of bathing waters of the whole territory.

The classification, the result of four years of monitoring, is based on 4 levels of quality: excellent, good, adequate and poor. 

Tarquinia has reached the "excellent" standard at San Giorgio, long beach frequented by young people and families from Civitavecchia, at the resort Torre del Sole and Porto Clementino.

Tarquinia - Porto Clementino Beach

Tarquinia - Porto Clementino Beach

Even Santa Marinella has reached the "excelent" quality standard over almost all its coastline from Capolinaro to Fosso di Eri with the only exception of 5 out of 15 areas tested, appointing itself as one of the beast sea towns of North Lazio.

Promenade - Santa Marinella

Promenade - Santa Marinella

Enjoy your holidays and the beach!

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